Thursday, March 31, 2005

Navarro-Valls speaks for Holy See

In the first official statement coming from the Holy See regarding Terri Schiavo, the press secretary had this to say:
An existence was interrupted. A death was arbitrarily hastened because nourishing a person can never be considered employing exceptional means.
Click here for more.

Father Pavone news

Father Pavone, spending the last minutes of Terri Schiavo's life comforting her family, criticizes her husband Michael for his "heartless cruelty." (Click here for more)


He's gone and founded a religious order.

Requiescat in pace

Quaesumus, Domine, pro tua pietate miserere animae famulae tuae Teresia, et a contagiis mortalitatis exutam, in aeternae salvationis partem restitue. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
The strife is o'er, the battle done. After 13 days of painful starvation, Terri Schindler-Schiavo has finally been called home to God, where she will attain justice and receive the love and care she has so richly deserved this whole time. I mourn for those of us left behind to pick up the pieces of this travesty. We must not let this cause die with her, and fight even more fervently for life, liberty, and the common good. May God be with us, and may the angels be with Terri today in paradise. (News article)
Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine,
Et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Neat Article...

I wish I could remember where I came about this article regarding poor homiletics, so that I could give the person due credit for the reference. But, Kate Turabian I am not... so here's the link anyway.

A Breath of Fresh Air

If you need an uplifting outlet for your frustration as you pray through the Terri Schiavo tragedy, try a little laughter. Head over and see The Curt Jester's latest offering.

Just a note...

To whom it may concern:
This is just to inform my readers that anonymous commenting will no longer be tolerated on this blog. Thank you.

(Just kidding.)

Monday, March 28, 2005

Pray hard

Something else to pray for:

ORIGIN TIME - 1610Z 28 MAR 2005



For more information, click here. For the related AP article, click here.

And pray hard...

Easter Victory

Quoting an Associated Press article:
Their hopes fading and legal options exhausted, Terri Schiavo's parents appeared quietly resigned Sunday to watching her die but could claim one Easter victory: The severely brain-damaged woman received a drop of communion wine on her tongue - her only sustenance in nine days - after her husband..., who a day earlier denied a request from his wife's parents that she be given communion, granted permission Sunday to offer the sacrament.
Well, that is something to rejoice about. But, as always, the media always offers something to gripe about as well:
At St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Clearwater, Father Ted Costello scrupulously avoided mentioning the Schiavo case in Easter Mass. Parishioner Bill Youmans said that was a good thing.

"I don't think that's got anything to do with Easter," the 76-year-old retiree from Michigan said. "I thought the church's teaching is not to take extraordinary measures to perpetuate life. ... I think all those people bleating in Schiavo's front yard give Jesus a bad name."
Well, I think it worthy to note that my Bishop, a holy and wonderful pastory, mentioned Terri at the Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday morning, and I didn't think it at all imprudent, nor did I when my parish priest mentioned the same on Holy Thursday and briefly at the Easter Vigil. I'll forgive the 76-year-old retiree, hoping for his sake that his comment is due to slight senility that might come as such an age... or the fact that he's from Michigan. But I take issue with his language. "Giving Jesus a bad name" is something hard to do. One must almost deliberately do evil, in His name. Even a person doing wrong, but thinking that they are acting for the good, in Jesus' name, does Him honor.

Anyway, enough said. I'm still praying hard, and I know God is with us in this struggle. It will come to good in the end - one way or another.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Alleluia! He Is Risen!


Have a happy and blessed Easter.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Father, forgive them: they know not what they do

I've spoken my piece... and I don't feel like spouting the charged language and political rhetoric anymore.

All I know is this: Terri Schiavo is dying, and it's a sin. I don't know who's to blame, who's culpable... but I know it's wrong. The Church has said so, and the Church is right.

It's Good Friday... Jesus bleeds and weeps. And there isn't a constitution or court ever made by man that can justify that, because it's sin - mortal, deadly, evil sin. It's the epitome of injustice - man killing his God. And we sin again daily, and drive the nails and compose a crown a thorns in our words and deeds. Christ gave us the Church that we may know the Truth. Yet, here today we fight to preserve trsut in dusty documents and halls, all mammon; and an innocent, baptized woman dies.

God have mercy on us.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Join my futile effort...

I recieved a late action item with a phone number for the 11th Circuit Court, but unfortunately I got it after the ruling. So I did some quick web-searching, and it seems the only public phone numbers associated to the US Supreme Court are as follows:

* Public Information Office: 202-479-3211, Reporters press 1

* Visitor Information Line: 202-479-3030

* Opinion Announcements: 202-479-3360

Will it help to call these numbers and express your opinion on the Schiavo case before the appeal advances? Who knows... I doubt it. But I'll be ringing them on my cell phone until they tell me to stop, or let me speak to someone who can give me some sort of satisfaction that my voice has been heard.

Also, contact info for the following can be found at the appropriate links. Get a phone number, and make a call. It's the least we can all do.


Fight to the last...

Verbum Dei

Hoc me consolatum est in humiliatione mea, quia eloquium tuum vivificavit me. -PS 119:50
And Sion said: "The Lord hath forsaken me, and the Lord hath forgotten me."

Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to have pity on the son of her womb? and if she should forget, yet will not I forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee in my hands...
(See IS 56)

I am the bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven; that if any man eat of it, he may not die.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.

For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever...

Doth this scandalize you? The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Not for the faint of heart

Click here to read an article from the Defending Truth organization on why Terri's death by starvation would be a far cry from what her husband and liberal media have made it out to be.

I don't know what to say...

Ok... read this story.

Then read this:
Can. 1184
1. Unless they gave some signs of repentance before death, the following must be deprived of ecclesiastical funerals:
1- notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics;

2- those who chose the cremation of their bodies for reasons contrary to Christian faith;

3- other manifest sinners who cannot be granted ecclesiastical funerals without public scandal of the faithful.
2. If any doubt occurs, the local ordinary is to be consulted, and his judgment must be followed.

Can. 1185 Any funeral Mass must also be denied a person who is excluded from ecclesiastical funerals.
-Code of Canon Law
It seems to me that the stipulation in #1184 part 3 is met here, cuz I'M SCANDALIZED!

Oh, well... thank God I'm not a Bishop, because I guess this is just another one of those "pastoral considerations" that I simply do not understand.

*big frowney face*

Another thing that irks me...

I'm late in blogging about this, but my mind has been with more important issues. There are bigger fish to fry, in other words. But I've got a big pan, so I'm throwing this one on in the perimeter. Despite this story being reported by the Boston Globe, I take it to be somewhat reliable regarding the Boston Archbishop's recent choice to include women in the Archdiocesan Mandatum (foot-washing) Rite at the Mass of the Lord's Supper this Holy Thursday. The article states:
"The Congregation [for Divine Worship] affirmed the liturgical requirement that only the feet of men be washed at the Holy Thursday ritual." However, the Congregation did "provide for the archbishop to make a pastoral decision."
Well, I'm irritated.

I have the utmost respect for Archbishop O'Malley, and farbeit from me to disagree with the Congregation for Divine Worship; but I agree with Jimmy Akin that "what we have here is a real mess." I'm confused as to whether this instruction is truly law or not. If so, why the exception? The Archbishop ruffled many feathers last year when he classified the typical, American breed of aggressive feminism alongside other grave evils in our society. But he was right. Modern American feminism is a denial of true femininity and womanhood, and dehumanizing for both sexes. Mary has been surpassed by Marge Sanger as the "woman par excellance," and nowadays an abortion earns you a privileged membership card in NOW.

Even if the law has been justly relaxed and the "pastoral decision" of Archbishop O'Malley is within the law (which I am giving the benefit of the doubt), I still wonder about its pastoral implications. Which were the people offended by his decision last year to exclude women: true Catholic feminists who study at the school of Mary in contemplating Christ? Or the type just mentioned? I don't have the answer. I give the Archbishop my support and faith. But I wonder...

Interesting Story

Jimmy Akin has an interesting story about a previous attempt by Mr. Schiavo to kill his wife. Check it out.

Just wanted to share...

I've been reading a lot over the past few days, and wanted to share a message with some of the crazy left-wing pinko commie morons who have voiced support for the murder of Mrs. Schiavo. As I've noticed that these individuals are frequently the same persons who voiced their discontent at the President's decision to engage in war with Iraq, I would like to quote from "The Gospel of Life," paragraph 101:
The Gospel of life is for the whole of human society. To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace.

There can be no true democracy without a rec- ognition of every person's dignity and without respect for his or her rights.

Nor can there be true peace unless life is defended and promoted. As Paul VI pointed out: "Every crime against life is an attack on peace, especially if it strikes at the moral conduct of people... But where human rights are truly professed and publicly recognized and defended, peace becomes the joyful and operative climate of life in society".

The "people of life" rejoices in being able to share its commitment with so many others. Thus may the "people for life" constantly grow in number and may a new culture of love and solidarity develop for the true good of the whole of human society.
Have a nice day.

Pray for miracles

March 25th, this year, is Good Friday. While the Triduum on the temporal calendar takes precedence this year, March 25th is usually observed on the sanctoral calendar as the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord. And this year, March 25th marks the 10-year anniversity of the release of Pope John Paul II's Encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). In other words, March 25th is a day for heaven-sent messenges of one sort or another, and particularly this year, when we see on that date "the Son of Man raised up." It's sensible to hope for a miracle of some sort or another regarding Terri Schiavo, since the time is truly apt for this struggle to come to a head. Pray all the more fervently that God's may use this evil and turn it to good, and that whatever tidings come our way on March 25th, we see in them a reflection somehow of God's will for our world.

A Portrait Of Agony

Vatican Official Weighs In...

As reported by Zenit:

"I must confirm the moral judgment which does not change: It is an illicit and grave act," Bishop Sgreccia told Vatican Radio.

Bishop Sgreccia [President of the Pontifical Academy for Life] explained that the decision of the U.S. justice "is not euthanasia in the literal sense of the term; it is not a 'good death,' it is a death that is induced in a cruel way. It is not a medical act. It is about taking water and food away to cause death."

The bishop criticized "a mechanism of exaggeration that seeks to favor the legitimization of so-called euthanasia, in cases such as this one in which interests of another kind are often at stake."
The legal action must not stop with Schiavo's death, which is impending. We have to seek a way to prosecture the perpetrators of this homicide.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Ora pro nobis...

And pray to God to have mercy upon us
And I pray that I may forget
These matters that with myself I too much discuss
Too much explain
Because I do not hope to turn again
Let these words answer
For what is done, not to be done again
May the judgment not be too heavy upon us

Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
But merely vans to beat the air
The air which is now thoroughly small and dry
Smaller and dryer than the will
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death
Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
- T.S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday, I

It's a dark hour for our great nation. We've made our bed. We've established a system that should live and change with the needs of the times. If our consitution is intended to evolve, then it might also mutate; if it is to be alive, then it has a lifespan. It's the American Justice system that's on life-support - not Terri Schiavo.

The ACLU praised the judge's decision to let the woman starve to death. The decision was praised for "allowing people to make their own end-of-life decisions without the intrusion of politicians." I think it just to note that there've been plenty of political intrusions from both sides on this matter. Jeanetta insightfully quipped that Ted Kennedy practicaly "came out and offer[ed] to buy her a ticket to Chappaquiddick."

The CNN news-ticker described Terri as a woman on life-support with no hope of recovery. What does CNN know about hope anyway? And how does a feeding tube attached 3 times a day for mealtimes qualify as life-support? I know a girl who has a digestive disorder and consequently needs to be fed via a feeding tube. Otherwise, she's a happy and normal 10-year-old. "No hope..." To take CNN's dualistic, quasi-gnostic perspective on life, an infant just concieved has "no hope of recovery." In our culture, "hope" is quantified and qualified by the number of figures before the decimal in your pay-check, and whether or not you'll be able to make it to the doc's for your weekly Botox injection amidst a busy schedule of TV-watching, bar-hopping and fornicating - while you're not at work, of course, stuck inside a dehumanizing cubicle searching for the right binary digits to codify the meaning of life.

All there is left to do is pray. But I'd just like the half-eaten gingerbread men that constitute this culture of death if I was despondant or embittered by this fact. So all there is left to do is pray - so what? That's the best thing we can ever do anyway. Yeah, I'm fired up - yeah, I'm pissed off. Yeah, I feel futile in finding the right works to match my faith in this matter. But I'll be hitting my knees hard this week and praying for forgiveness for the foolish bastards that are perpetrating this crime. And, grafted onto the body of Christ and sharing in His cross, I know I can be stronger than the whole ACLU and Ted Kennedy and Mike Schiavo will ever be. This fight ain't over... but it is already won.
Who else is it who calls us back from the death of error, except the life that does not know death, and the wisdom which, needing no light, enlightens minds which are in darkness, that wisdom by which the whole world, even to the leaves of trees drifting in the wind, is governed?
- Saint Augustine, Confessions, VII, 6

Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2005

The Pope's dispatch for this year is available here. It's amazing to this that he wrote this while in the hospital. God, I love that man. Ad multos annos!

Monday, March 21, 2005

Death... the wages of sin

I have been too enraged about the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case to even speak about it to any great extent, but I've decided to air out my mind a little bit. To begin with, I think it appropriate to quote at length from the Pope's letter on life-issues.
Today, as a result of advances in medicine and in a cultural context frequently closed to the transcendent, the experience of dying is marked by new features. When the prevailing tendency is to value life only to the extent that it brings pleasure and well-being, suffering seems like an unbearable setback, something from which one must be freed at all costs. Death is considered "senseless" if it suddenly interrupts a life still open to a future of new and interesting experiences. But it becomes a "rightful liberation" once life is held to be no longer meaningful because it is filled with pain and inexorably doomed to even greater suffering...

In this context the temptation grows to have recourse to euthanasia, that is, to take control of death and bring it about before its time, "gently" ending one's own life or the life of others. In reality, what might seem logical and humane, when looked at more closely is seen to be senseless and inhumane. Here we are faced with one of the more alarming symptoms of the "culture of death", which is advancing above all in prosperous societies, marked by an attitude of excessive preoccupation with efficiency and which sees the growing number of elderly and disabled people as intolerable and too burdensome. These people are very often isolated by their families and by society, which are organized almost exclusively on the basis of criteria of productive efficiency, according to which a hopelessly impaired life no longer has any value.

- Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Evangelium Vitae, 64
Our culture is truly one of death. Vatican II talked about how the end of life brings man's awareness of his condition of original sin to the foreground; but now it seems to bring equally to mind the condition of actual sin and evil in the world. We see it on CNN everyday; the obituaries are the least tragic parts of our newspapers; our movies throw gratuitous violence on the screen without rhyme or reason but a beautiful and devout passion film (the only justified example) is the only one about which anyone seems to get enraged; we watch gleefully the antics of "desperate housewives" when all over the world housewives fight truly desperate battles to feed and clothe their children. And as politicians debate, judges play God, a husband sets up book deals and TV spots, and millions of Americans go about their day consuming their dollar-menu death an ounce at a time, a woman agonizingly starves in a hospice in Florida, unable to give voice to her pain. That responsibility falls to us...

We've just entered the holiest week of the year, the representative time in which we give special attention to the eternal event of our salvation in which Christ paid the "wages of sin," death, a final and sufficient ransom. The Cross gives us hope, and death has lost its sting. We have a right to die: to sin and the world, in order to live in, with, and for Christ. We have a right to sanctify our daily lives and carry them out in such a way so that they may continue past the grave. We do not have a right to deal out death in judgement, to put stipulations on gifts and responsibilities that come from the hand of God. We do not have a right to fear or to cower before the suffering in this life, by which God allows us to encounter his saving presence.

Let's stand up and testify to these rights - the rights of Terri Schiavo - the rights of us all. Innocent Life seeks an abettor to plead its cause. Let us pray, fast, and give alms... at least for the next few days if we've done nothing yet this Lent. Let us be the instruments with which the Author of Life puts His signature on our world; and may that signature be a condemnation of the unjust, and a reprieve for Terri Schiavo.

Click here to help out.

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.
Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Got this funny survey from Dave...

RULES: Fill out the survey, then type your answers in google images, and see what comes up.

1) My first car: 1984 Buick Regal Limited

2) Where I grew up: Minersville, PA

3) Where I you live now: Wynnewood, PA

4) My name: Joseph Grabowski

5) My grandmother's name: Rose Theresa Brennan

6) Favorite food: Lobster

7) Favorite Drink: Yeungling Lager

8) Favorite song: Every Grain of Sand

9) Favorite smell: Cantica Incense

10) Favorite pair of shoes: My Blue Ones

11) First Pet: Dog Named Asia

12) Pet Peeve: Poor Grammar

13) My hairstyle: Military

14) Least Favorite Smell: Burning Hair

15) Something from my last dream: Failed Midterm

16) Nickname: Joey G

17) Favorite Color: Green

18) Fear: Loneliness

19) Career: Priesthood

20) Hobby: Reading

That's a nice note to end on... hehe.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Request for Prayers

Sorry that I haven't been blogging as dedicatedly as I had promised to do. Life here at the seminary has been particularly hectic this semester, and little of that has to do with schoolwork.

On a related note, I'd like to request some prayers for a friend of mine who left the seminary last week. He had been dealing with some issues in his personal life that simply would not allow him to effectively engage his formation in the program here.

He was my closest friend in the class, and his decision came as a blow, but it was arrived at after much careful consideration and I'm sure that it was the right course of action. That having been said, he has a long road ahead of him as he tries to sort out the issues in his life that kept him from here, and eventually tries to come back. I would ask that you keep him in your thoughts as he carries this particularly burdensome cross through the remainder of Lent.